Four West Indies players have decided to skip international duty to take part in the coming season of Pakistan Super League. The news came after the announcement of West Indies ODI squad picked for Cricket World Cup Qualifiers that will be played in Zimbabwe from 4th March. Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and Darren Bravo are the four players who have decided that they will participate in the upcoming season of Pakistan Super League.
All the four players are proven performers in the shorter formats of the game but were not offered central contracts by West Indies Cricket Board. The list includes big names like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree and Darren Sammy that were also not offered one-day contracts by the board. Chris Gayle said that players need to play in the domestic 50-over competition in order to become available for the national side in the one-day format.
There is no particular reason as to why these four players opted not to play West Indies national team ahead of Cricket World Qualifiers. Andre Russell and Sunil Narine stated that they need time and wanted to play more games to make themselves available for the national side. Both the players have shown interest to play one-day cricket for West Indies.
Andre Russell, who was banned for one-year by Anti-Doping Agency, will be eligible to play any format of the game from 1st Feb. He will play Super50 competition after being selected for Jamaica. Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, and Marlon Samuels are other players who are taking part in the domestic competition. Andre Russell has not played one-day cricket for West Indies since 2015. He also has not been a part of T20 side and has played in India in 2016. The all-rounder has been playing various leagues around the world but has expressed his desire to play West Indies in the 50-over format.
Off-spinner Sunil Narine, who played last for West Indies in 2016, has informed cricket board that he is not confident about his bowling action after being banned previously.
Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo have not stated their opinions on the issue. Pollard is currently playing for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League and became the first player to play 400 T20 games. He has not played one-day cricket for West Indies since 2016.
On the other hand, Bravo initially agreed to play for West Indies after reaching a settlement with West Indies Cricket Board last year. The left-handed batsman has not played for West Indies and opted out of the series against England. He went on to play Caribbean Premier League and was unavailable for series against New Zealand. He has now stated that he wants to play Pakistan Super League by making himself unavailable for the national side.